Trott out to maintain run of success

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Jonathan Trott certainly has plenty to live up to as he heads for Lord’s and the Second Test against Sri Lanka tomorrow.

Firstly, he carries the tag of England’s Player of the Year after being named this week, beating Andrew Strauss, James Anderson, Alastair Cook and last year’s winner Graeme Swann.

Secondly, the 30-year-old goes into tomorrow’s match with a remarkable record to maintain at headquarters - he has yet to be dismissed for less than 184 in a Test match there.

In the past 12 months - even before his double-hundred against Sri Lanka in Cardiff - Trott had piled up 2,246 runs.

He currently has the highest Test batting average of anyone in history bar the great Don Bradman, among players who have won as many or more caps.

In addition, he has now scored more runs after 31 Test innings than all but one Englishman - only Yorkshire legend Herbert Sutcliffe scored more from his first 31 Test innings, 1,927 (ave 68.82) to Trott’s 1,803 (ave 66.78).

In the all-time list after 31 innings he is ranked seventh.